You might think we’re joking, but until Tuesday, the evidence spoke for itself. The Giants’ first three runs of the season all came on solo home runs by Panik.
Giants have scored three runs in 38 innings this season, all on Joe Panik solo home runs.
— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) April 3, 2018
That checks out. On opening day, Panik hit a solo home run off Clayton Kershaw to give the Giants a 1-0 win. The following day, Panik belted a solo shot off Kenley Jansen to once again give the Giants a 1-0 win.
During the next two games, Panik remained productive, but failed to hit any home runs. The Giants were shut out both times.
Allowing Panik to continue counting for 100 percent of the team’s offense seems unwise. Panik isn’t exactly a big-time home run hitter. His career-high in a single season is just 10. Through five games, he’s already 30 percent of the way to reaching that figure.
Thankfully for Panik, his teammates finally got the memo. Evan Longoria belted a two-run shot of his own in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game, ending the reliance on Panik’s new-found pop.
That’s a good thing. The Giants tried to shore up their offense this winter with deals for Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. Between those guys and Buster Posey, the team should start getting it together at the plate soon.
We’re not sure who’s more relieved about that, Giants fans or Panik. His back was probably getting tired after carrying the entire offense on it to kick off the season.
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